Addiction Therapists in Live Oak, TX

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Larry Gerald Williamson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LCDC
Verified Verified
Live Oak, TX 78233
I specialize in providing counseling and treatment to those who are struggling with alcohol and substance abuse and dependence.
Do you ever find yourself feeling anxious or fearful without knowing why? Do you feel like life’s difficulties are overwhelming you? If you do, you are not alone. The challenges of everyday life, can at times become overwhelming for us all. It is at times like these when we need the guidance, support and a positive perspective from a trained professional. You may not believe it, but the answers to your struggles and challenges lie within you. As your therapist, I will utilize a goal directed collaborative approach to help you identify your needs and goals to achieve the life that you desire.
I specialize in providing counseling and treatment to those who are struggling with alcohol and substance abuse and dependence.
Do you ever find yourself feeling anxious or fearful without knowing why? Do you feel like life’s difficulties are overwhelming you? If you do, you are not alone. The challenges of everyday life, can at times become overwhelming for us all. It is at times like these when we need the guidance, support and a positive perspective from a trained professional. You may not believe it, but the answers to your struggles and challenges lie within you. As your therapist, I will utilize a goal directed collaborative approach to help you identify your needs and goals to achieve the life that you desire.
(210) 645-5542 View (210) 645-5542
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Jamey Hinman
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LCDC, EMDR
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Live Oak, TX 78233
I work with trauma, addiction, adjustment disorders, relationship issues including aspects of self and others as well conflict resolution.
I believe recovery and growth is a deeply personal individualized experience. I feel privileged being a part of each clients journey. Empathy, compassion, self-worth, vulnerability & relationships with yourself & others are areas that I can help you with on your journey to healing, growing and excelling. Finding the right counselor is paramount to achieving success. I’m an Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) & Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC). I received both my B.A. in Psychology & M.A. in Counseling and Guidance from Texas A&M. I’ve worked in various settings such as private practice, outpatient & residential.
I work with trauma, addiction, adjustment disorders, relationship issues including aspects of self and others as well conflict resolution.
I believe recovery and growth is a deeply personal individualized experience. I feel privileged being a part of each clients journey. Empathy, compassion, self-worth, vulnerability & relationships with yourself & others are areas that I can help you with on your journey to healing, growing and excelling. Finding the right counselor is paramount to achieving success. I’m an Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) & Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC). I received both my B.A. in Psychology & M.A. in Counseling and Guidance from Texas A&M. I’ve worked in various settings such as private practice, outpatient & residential.
(830) 310-6112 View (830) 310-6112
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Rachel King
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LCDC
Verified Verified
Live Oak, TX 78233  (Online Only)
Welcome! I have been working as a fully licensed clinician for almost 10 years, as a LCDC starting in 2015 and as a LPC starting in 2024. I understand that seeking therapy takes courage, and I strive to create a safe non-judgmental space where you are able to openly share your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. I believe in the power of the therapeutic relationship and I tailor my approaches to meet your unique needs and goals. I will work collaboratively with you to explore the challenges you're facing and help you develop effective coping strategies.
Welcome! I have been working as a fully licensed clinician for almost 10 years, as a LCDC starting in 2015 and as a LPC starting in 2024. I understand that seeking therapy takes courage, and I strive to create a safe non-judgmental space where you are able to openly share your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. I believe in the power of the therapeutic relationship and I tailor my approaches to meet your unique needs and goals. I will work collaboratively with you to explore the challenges you're facing and help you develop effective coping strategies.
(210) 796-7305 View (210) 796-7305
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Antonina Patrizia Jordt
LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Live Oak, TX 78233  (Online Only)
Your struggles and challenges don’t define you; your story is so much bigger than whatever brings you to therapy. I'm Antonina Jordt, a Licensed Master Social Worker, and I became a therapist because I know what it’s like to feel discouraged, to be lost. I know what it's like to feel lonely like no one else will understand. I know what it's like to be haunted by the ghosts of your past. I also know what it's like to keep going, overcome, and courageously identify the things that bring you happiness. I believe that you can do that, too.
Your struggles and challenges don’t define you; your story is so much bigger than whatever brings you to therapy. I'm Antonina Jordt, a Licensed Master Social Worker, and I became a therapist because I know what it’s like to feel discouraged, to be lost. I know what it's like to feel lonely like no one else will understand. I know what it's like to be haunted by the ghosts of your past. I also know what it's like to keep going, overcome, and courageously identify the things that bring you happiness. I believe that you can do that, too.
(830) 356-2743 View (830) 356-2743
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Febe S Fernandez
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Live Oak, TX 78233
As a therapist, I like to build a strong non-judgmental relationship with patients in order to encourage safety and the comfort needed to explore and resolve the life struggles that have led you to counseling. I use cognitive behavioral therapy to pin down problem areas in thinking that ultimately affect our relationships, self-worth, and perspective in an unhealthy way. I work towards assisting individuals towards their own therapeutic goals in a structured manner that aims at efficiently providing tools and the knowledge necessary to overcome current and future life stressors.
As a therapist, I like to build a strong non-judgmental relationship with patients in order to encourage safety and the comfort needed to explore and resolve the life struggles that have led you to counseling. I use cognitive behavioral therapy to pin down problem areas in thinking that ultimately affect our relationships, self-worth, and perspective in an unhealthy way. I work towards assisting individuals towards their own therapeutic goals in a structured manner that aims at efficiently providing tools and the knowledge necessary to overcome current and future life stressors.
(210) 812-2613 View (210) 812-2613
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Mary Walseth
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Live Oak, TX 78233
Waitlist for new clients
SATURDAY appointments now available! Counseling can be a marvelous way to assist you or a loved one to do better and feel better. Sometimes our coping skills fall short of our needs, and feeling like there are no more options can absolutely feel like hitting rock bottom. But there is hope. Someone does care. I have, myself, had many challenges in life and have, from time to time, sought help in counseling. Needing help does not mean you are weak: it means you are ready to find answers.
SATURDAY appointments now available! Counseling can be a marvelous way to assist you or a loved one to do better and feel better. Sometimes our coping skills fall short of our needs, and feeling like there are no more options can absolutely feel like hitting rock bottom. But there is hope. Someone does care. I have, myself, had many challenges in life and have, from time to time, sought help in counseling. Needing help does not mean you are weak: it means you are ready to find answers.
(210) 343-2098 View (210) 343-2098
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Dr. Rosemary Z Hernandez
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC-S, NCC, CCMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Live Oak, TX 78233
Thank you for taking the first step in seeking help. Sometimes taking this first step is the hardest for most people to take, so congratulations! My hope is to provide you with a safe place to work on whatever symptoms or concerns you are currently dealing with. I have been in the field for over 15 years and have worked with an array of populations. My experience is in the areas of trauma, PTSD, ADHD, adolescents (at-risk youth), relationship issues, divorce, and law enforcement issues. In addition, I have experience working with veterans to provide a second opinion and/or assessment in support of their VA Disability claims.
Thank you for taking the first step in seeking help. Sometimes taking this first step is the hardest for most people to take, so congratulations! My hope is to provide you with a safe place to work on whatever symptoms or concerns you are currently dealing with. I have been in the field for over 15 years and have worked with an array of populations. My experience is in the areas of trauma, PTSD, ADHD, adolescents (at-risk youth), relationship issues, divorce, and law enforcement issues. In addition, I have experience working with veterans to provide a second opinion and/or assessment in support of their VA Disability claims.
(210) 879-7256 View (210) 879-7256
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Kassandra Thompson Double T Counseling, PLLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Live Oak, TX 78233
Please email if you are interested in services, I am better able to reply - I provide counseling to individuals, teens, and families in many areas, such as: depression, anxiety, anger, PTSD and trauma, self-esteem, and teen identity, as well as a variety of other life issues and disorders. I further have a passion for assisting with divorce and positive co-parenting relationships. If you need guidance through past or present, I can assist you in gaining insight and awareness, mindfulness, communication, and boundaries, among many other tools that help you navigate through challenging times.
Please email if you are interested in services, I am better able to reply - I provide counseling to individuals, teens, and families in many areas, such as: depression, anxiety, anger, PTSD and trauma, self-esteem, and teen identity, as well as a variety of other life issues and disorders. I further have a passion for assisting with divorce and positive co-parenting relationships. If you need guidance through past or present, I can assist you in gaining insight and awareness, mindfulness, communication, and boundaries, among many other tools that help you navigate through challenging times.
(210) 796-7680 View (210) 796-7680
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Stacey Schwab
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Live Oak, TX 78233
What is a survivor? Simply put, a survivor is someone who has experienced difficulty in their life. This could be the loss of a loved one, childhood neglect, multiple types of abuse, traumas, or violence. Whatever difficulty is being experienced, my role is to come alongside you, supporting you as you navigate your healing journey. Every individual is unique, so finding the tools, techniques, and therapeutic modalities to best fit for you is part of journey we will take together. I offer teletherapy services only at this time.
What is a survivor? Simply put, a survivor is someone who has experienced difficulty in their life. This could be the loss of a loved one, childhood neglect, multiple types of abuse, traumas, or violence. Whatever difficulty is being experienced, my role is to come alongside you, supporting you as you navigate your healing journey. Every individual is unique, so finding the tools, techniques, and therapeutic modalities to best fit for you is part of journey we will take together. I offer teletherapy services only at this time.
(210) 774-6795 View (210) 774-6795
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Karen Christopher
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Live Oak, TX 78233  (Online Only)
Let's connect and begin working towards healing your heart, mind and soul. With the right person by your side healing is possible. I want to understand what you are experiencing and help you overcome those feelings. I'm confident we can work towards building your resiliency, strength, confidence and self worth for a more rewarding and fulfilling life.
Let's connect and begin working towards healing your heart, mind and soul. With the right person by your side healing is possible. I want to understand what you are experiencing and help you overcome those feelings. I'm confident we can work towards building your resiliency, strength, confidence and self worth for a more rewarding and fulfilling life.
(210) 775-2979 View (210) 775-2979

More Therapists Nearby

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Clayton Sponhaltz, LCDC, NCAC I, SAP
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, LCDC, NCAC I, SAP
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78209
If you are in need of help for you or a loved one with substance abuse concerns, reach out to schedule a visit!.
If you or someone you love are having problems related to alcohol or drug use, there is hope and a way out. It is most useful to meet with someone who truly understands addiction and can provide a true assessment. I will work with you, your family and any other healthcare providers to develop a plan of action based on your needs. Often times the road to recovery starts with meeting someone who listens to understand, meets you with genuine care and concern and can provide useful recommendations. Chemical dependency is a primary illness not a secondary mental health issue; trust a counselor who entered this specialty field.
If you are in need of help for you or a loved one with substance abuse concerns, reach out to schedule a visit!.
If you or someone you love are having problems related to alcohol or drug use, there is hope and a way out. It is most useful to meet with someone who truly understands addiction and can provide a true assessment. I will work with you, your family and any other healthcare providers to develop a plan of action based on your needs. Often times the road to recovery starts with meeting someone who listens to understand, meets you with genuine care and concern and can provide useful recommendations. Chemical dependency is a primary illness not a secondary mental health issue; trust a counselor who entered this specialty field.
(210) 791-9887 View (210) 791-9887
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Shayna Parker-Kokot
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78202  (Online Only)
Shayna works with individuals who are struggling with anxiety, grief, depression, addiction, and trauma.
I believe that we all have the right to be mentally, spiritually and emotionally healthy. I love having a part in impacting the lives of others, and providing hope and support during life’s challenges--big or small.
Shayna works with individuals who are struggling with anxiety, grief, depression, addiction, and trauma.
I believe that we all have the right to be mentally, spiritually and emotionally healthy. I love having a part in impacting the lives of others, and providing hope and support during life’s challenges--big or small.
(903) 225-8158 View (903) 225-8158
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Dr. Amy Kemter
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, DSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Alamo Heights, TX 78209
I specialize in cognitive behavioral therapy, EMDR, and mindfulness strategies to overcome trauma, depression, anxiety, addiction, and relationship problems.
Life is a constant process of change-and sometimes that change can seem so overwhelming that we may feel too stuck to move. I work with individuals who recognize that growth is needed; however, the fear of change can make us compare ourselves to others, silence us from saying what our heart needs to say, stop us from growing, and imprison us with the "what ifs". My job is to help you find your inner strength and voice to grow, break unhealthy habits, reach goals, and recover from the pain of your past.
I specialize in cognitive behavioral therapy, EMDR, and mindfulness strategies to overcome trauma, depression, anxiety, addiction, and relationship problems.
Life is a constant process of change-and sometimes that change can seem so overwhelming that we may feel too stuck to move. I work with individuals who recognize that growth is needed; however, the fear of change can make us compare ourselves to others, silence us from saying what our heart needs to say, stop us from growing, and imprison us with the "what ifs". My job is to help you find your inner strength and voice to grow, break unhealthy habits, reach goals, and recover from the pain of your past.
(210) 405-1218 View (210) 405-1218
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Alicia Acosta
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC-S, LCDC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78258
I specialize in helping clients with their Mental Health needs, Trauma, Substance Abuse, grief & loss, and relationship issues. I have found many concerns brought to therapy can be a result of unresolved pain or unhealthy copings strategies from the past. With my various therapeutic trainings I am able to assist clients in finding the best pathway for their needs.
I specialize in helping clients with their Mental Health needs, Trauma, Substance Abuse, grief & loss, and relationship issues. I have found many concerns brought to therapy can be a result of unresolved pain or unhealthy copings strategies from the past. With my various therapeutic trainings I am able to assist clients in finding the best pathway for their needs.
(210) 934-0589 View (210) 934-0589
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Abraham Marshall
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC-S, LCDC
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78217
I have over 25 years counseling experience as both a mental health and substance abuse counselor. Some of those years were as a Psychiatric Medic in the military, including the Gulf War. I am committed to counseling those who are struggling with life adversities, trials and tribulations who are suffering from mood disorders, anxiety, grief, stress, substance abuse, relationship issues, and issues concerning parents of LGBT children, as well as other life stressors or disorders. I counsel mostly adults from ages 18 to 64. I use the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as a primary approach to conduct therapy.
I have over 25 years counseling experience as both a mental health and substance abuse counselor. Some of those years were as a Psychiatric Medic in the military, including the Gulf War. I am committed to counseling those who are struggling with life adversities, trials and tribulations who are suffering from mood disorders, anxiety, grief, stress, substance abuse, relationship issues, and issues concerning parents of LGBT children, as well as other life stressors or disorders. I counsel mostly adults from ages 18 to 64. I use the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as a primary approach to conduct therapy.
(210) 880-2135 View (210) 880-2135
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Gordon Shaw Leith
Counselor, MA, LPC-S, MAC, SAP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78239  (Online Only)
Specializing in depression, anxiety, addiction, and compulsive behaviors, I offer a compassionate approach to healing.
My primary focus in counseling is helping people who have difficulty with their emotions, behaviors, and thoughts. Frankly, there are as many issues as there are people. Everyone is unique. I have acquired specialties in helping individuals with problems over the years that include hypnotherapy, brief counseling and consultations, employee back-to-work evaluations, organizational development projects, and consultations for mgrs seeking services for on-site injury or deaths. But if you are someone who is struggling with stress and worry, or self-esteem problems, I'm sure we can help there, too
Specializing in depression, anxiety, addiction, and compulsive behaviors, I offer a compassionate approach to healing.
My primary focus in counseling is helping people who have difficulty with their emotions, behaviors, and thoughts. Frankly, there are as many issues as there are people. Everyone is unique. I have acquired specialties in helping individuals with problems over the years that include hypnotherapy, brief counseling and consultations, employee back-to-work evaluations, organizational development projects, and consultations for mgrs seeking services for on-site injury or deaths. But if you are someone who is struggling with stress and worry, or self-esteem problems, I'm sure we can help there, too
(726) 600-8608 View (726) 600-8608
Chesney Hunter
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPCs, LCDC
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78216
As a client-centered therapist I am committed to helping the therapeutic process feel natural. Clients with additions/substance abuse and relationship issues generally experience anxiety and/or depression. For some, it may be situational and in other's may cause clinically significant stress or impairment in daily living. It can be beneficial for clients to explore and discover underlying issues that may exacerbate the way they feel and behave.My promise to clients is that If I am unable to help you, I will assist you to find the necessary resources.
As a client-centered therapist I am committed to helping the therapeutic process feel natural. Clients with additions/substance abuse and relationship issues generally experience anxiety and/or depression. For some, it may be situational and in other's may cause clinically significant stress or impairment in daily living. It can be beneficial for clients to explore and discover underlying issues that may exacerbate the way they feel and behave.My promise to clients is that If I am unable to help you, I will assist you to find the necessary resources.
(210) 796-4580 View (210) 796-4580
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Dr. Steven Gonzalez Bcba-D
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA, LCDC
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78216
Ever feel like your stuck in a behavior pattern? Have you ever wanted to change a behavior you have and cant seem to do it? Drug and alcohol addiction therapist and DWI court ordered drug and alcohol assessments in person and virtually. Let's work together to uncover the root causes of your behavior patterns, and develop effective strategies for managing them. Whether it's related to relationships, stress, anxiety, work, drugs, or alcohol, my goal is to help you cultivate healthier habits and achieve a more fulfilling life.
Ever feel like your stuck in a behavior pattern? Have you ever wanted to change a behavior you have and cant seem to do it? Drug and alcohol addiction therapist and DWI court ordered drug and alcohol assessments in person and virtually. Let's work together to uncover the root causes of your behavior patterns, and develop effective strategies for managing them. Whether it's related to relationships, stress, anxiety, work, drugs, or alcohol, my goal is to help you cultivate healthier habits and achieve a more fulfilling life.
(210) 941-4756 View (210) 941-4756
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Joseph Silva
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Alamo Heights, TX 78209
Issues: Alcohol Use Anxiety Codependency Coping Skills Depression Drug Abuse Family Conflict Stress Substance Use Suicidal Ideation.
Naturally, we gravitate towards what's most comfortable but often what's most comfortable is what keeps us "stuck." Life can feel unmanageable without clear direction, guidance or support. Whether you're dealing with the lingering stress from our historical pandemic, relationship stress, substance abuse issues, general stress, or other past traumatic events, I'm here to help and support you with overcoming life's obstacles.
Issues: Alcohol Use Anxiety Codependency Coping Skills Depression Drug Abuse Family Conflict Stress Substance Use Suicidal Ideation.
Naturally, we gravitate towards what's most comfortable but often what's most comfortable is what keeps us "stuck." Life can feel unmanageable without clear direction, guidance or support. Whether you're dealing with the lingering stress from our historical pandemic, relationship stress, substance abuse issues, general stress, or other past traumatic events, I'm here to help and support you with overcoming life's obstacles.
(214) 216-6453 View (214) 216-6453
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The Agape Center-Faith Based | Trauma | Addiction
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78248
Are you or a loved one struggling with substance abuse, Trauma, PTSD, Alcohol, Drug Addiction, pornography, anger issues, Depression or marriage concerns? You're not alone, give The Agape Center a call and talk to one of our trained and certified counselors.
Our Pastoral Counselors are certified, trained in providing Biofeedback and trauma informed biblical counseling, for Children, Adults, Youth, Teen, Couples, Marriage and Family that are struggling with, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, PTSD, Addictions such as alcohol/drug abuse, sex addiction, pornography, behavioral issues, social/relational concerns. All counseling sessions, including Intensive Counseling, Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP), and aftercare are all 1 on 1. In office and Telehealth options. Also available for Court ordered DWI, and DUI programs.
Are you or a loved one struggling with substance abuse, Trauma, PTSD, Alcohol, Drug Addiction, pornography, anger issues, Depression or marriage concerns? You're not alone, give The Agape Center a call and talk to one of our trained and certified counselors.
Our Pastoral Counselors are certified, trained in providing Biofeedback and trauma informed biblical counseling, for Children, Adults, Youth, Teen, Couples, Marriage and Family that are struggling with, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, PTSD, Addictions such as alcohol/drug abuse, sex addiction, pornography, behavioral issues, social/relational concerns. All counseling sessions, including Intensive Counseling, Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP), and aftercare are all 1 on 1. In office and Telehealth options. Also available for Court ordered DWI, and DUI programs.
(830) 254-5067 View (830) 254-5067

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Addiction Therapists

What is the best therapy for addiction?

Addiction treatment will be tailored to the individual. People seeking help for addiction—whether with a psychotherapist, in an outpatient clinic, or in a residential program—should expect to engage in multiple types of treatments, sometimes including medication. For anyone recovering from addiction, avoiding situations in which one has typically used a substance is essential, as is the support of close connections. Since substance use disorders tend to co-occur with underlying mental health conditions such as anxiety or depression, those must also be addressed as part of any recovery plan.

How long does therapy for addiction take?

There is no set timeline for recovery from addiction. Patients and their families should expect the work to last several months, if not longer. Residential treatment programs may be based on a stay of 30, 60, or 90 days, with continuing work after release, but only about 1 percent of people are treated in such facilities. Ceasing use is just the first step; therapy to help maintain abstinence and effect behavior change must follow. The process of recovery, neuroscience has shown, involves brain cells recovering the capacity to respond to natural sources of reward and restore control over the impulse to use. Another definition of recovery is restoring voluntary control over one’s substance use and retaking all of one’s previous responsibilities.

How effective is drug addiction treatment?

Substance use disorders are treatable and remission is achievable for many who seek recovery; by some estimates, more than three-quarters of people who become addicted to alcohol or drugs recover. But that success rarely occurs quickly or on a set timeline; relapse is not only common, but many therapists and clinicians view it as a normal part of the process—not always a sign that a person has returned to addiction, but a signal that their treatment should be adjusted to help them regain control. Overall, research suggests, five years after the end of substance use, one’s risk of relapse is no greater than that of others who had not faced addiction. Other experts believe that complete abstinence is not the only measure of recovery, and that, through effective treatment, many people can learn to control their use.

How can you get addiction treatment for someone?

The most important factor in recovery from addiction is widely understood to be an individual’s commitment to change. For that reason,“interventions” in which friends and family gather to urge or force someone to begin immediate treatment often backfire; even when such efforts do lead someone to begin treatment, they may be less likely to stay than those who are self-driven. Still, family members can play an important role in supporting an individual who seeks help and can take part in family therapy as one element of a loved one’s treatment.